Sunday, 14 August 2016

Bobotie – a bit too fruity for me

Carole's Chatter: Bobotie

I saw a recipe for Bobotie (a South African dish) in the paper and decided to try it.  The cooking method was an unusual one for me and the ingredients were a bit unusual too.  While my better half said he liked it, I found the flavours to be a little unappealing.  I also didn't really like the eggy layer on top.

So I decided to post about the dish in case I did something wrong or someone has a better recipe.


Beef mince (500g)
½ shallot – finely chopped
1 baby leek – finely chopped
Granny Smith Apple
White wine vinegar (2 Tablespoons)
Turmeric (1 teaspoon)
Curry powder (2 tablespoons)
2 slices of bread (soaked in milk and then drained)
50g sultanas
½ cup chutney (store-bought nectarine chutney)
Salt & pepper

For the topping:
½ cup cream
2 eggs
¼ tsp salt
4-5 bay leaves
50g almond flakes


Mix all the first list of ingredients together in the base of a casserole dish.

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C

Mix the cream, eggs and salt in another bowl and when well combined pour this over the top of the meat mixture.  Sprinkle almonds on top and then put bay leaves in a pattern on top.

Put the casserole dish into a bigger roasting pan half filled with water.  Cook with the lid on the casserole dish for 1 hour.


  1. I never heard of it and I don't think it is something I would try either

  2. I quite like bobotie - but the recipe I have uses the drained milk in the topping instead of cream. That makes it cheaper, and less rich.

  3. This is brand new to me too and very different from our normal fare. Several things I find interesting, not the least of which is the placement of bay leaves over the top. I'm assuming you take them off before eating?

  4. I've never heard of it but it sounds some what intriguing. Wouldn't have thought of mixing some of those ingredients. I know my husband wouldn't eat it though.

  5. Humm, I've heard of bobotie but never ate it or tried to make it. I think I might find it too sweet with both the apples and sultanas

  6. I have heard of it but have not tried it--but then again, I don't eat meat. ;-)


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